Baby Registry Reality Check
It’s a rite of passage for all soon-to-be first-time parents: Setting up a baby registry. Sure, you may have some experience if you registered for wedding gifts within the past few years.
But equipping your home for a grown-up married life with your spouse vs. getting all the gear you’ll need to bring a baby home and start life as parents? Two totally different things.
Depending on whom you ask or where you search, you’ll probably hear all sorts of suggestions for what simply must go on your baby registry. But how do you sort the absolute necessities from silly, over-the-top luxuries, especially if this is your first go-around at parenthood?
We turned to parents like you, who have recently gone through this process, and asked them to weigh in on what you really need, might need, and definitely don’t need to add to your baby registry. Here’s what they told us:
Baby registry “must-have” items
These are the baby-related products and gear you’ll absolutely want to have on hand in baby’s first year or so, and friends and family will feel great about buying as baby shower gifts:
- Infant car seat and base
- Baby tub
- Baby monitor
- Diapers (disposable and cloth)
- Baby wipes
- Diaper pail and bag refills
- Crib and mattress
- Crib sheets
- Portable crib (e.g., Graco Pack ‘n’ Play)
- Baby thermometer
- Nursing pillow (e.g., Boppy)
- Baby health and grooming kit (nail clippers, comb, nasal aspirator, etc.)
- Bouncy seat
- Tummy-time mat/gym
Baby registry “worth-considering” items
You’ll probably want to have most, if not all, of the things on this list. But whether you need them right away—or want to ask your loved ones to get them as gifts—is more of a personal choice.
- Baby swing
- Baby towels and washcloths
- High chair
- Spoons and bowls
- Baby bottles
- Bottle cleaning/drying accessories
- Breast pump
- Diaper bag
- Infant carrier/sling (e.g., Baby Bjorn)
- Swaddling blankets/wraps
- Sitting-to-standing activity center (e.g., Exersaucer)
- Mobile, mirror, music box, or other crib-safe soother
Baby registry “don’t bother” items
We don’t recommend registering for these types of things, but of course, your final list is up to you:
- Bottle warmer/sterilizer: The dishwasher works just fine, and a special device for warming milk is a bit overkill.
- Pacifiers: Whether you are pro- or anti-paci, trust us when we say, your baby will want to weigh in on this decision.
- Toys, books, clothes: You don’t need to register for these because people will buy what they want anyway.
- Soap, lotion, creams, pads, etc.: You never know what baby might be sensitive or even allergic to, or what Mom will need after baby arrives.
- Pillows, crib bumpers, or stuffed animals: You’re not supposed to use any of these in a crib, as recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics.
OK, ready to start your registry? Create a baby registry on Amazon now.